Yearly Archives: 2012

Government legal aid defeat in Lords

Date: 11th December 2012 Categories:

  Last week, members of the House of Lords delivered a rare defeat to the government on secondary legislation to implement the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012.   The government had proposed that a First-tier Tribunal …

Austerity Justice

Date: 12th November 2012 Categories:

LAG’s new book on legal aid and access to justice policy, Austerity Justice, is published this week to coincide with our 40th anniversary. The book traces the development of publicly funded legal advice services, including Citizens Advice and other not …

LASPO Act cul-de-sac

Date: 18th October 2012 Categories:

In his first speech since taking responsibility for legal aid after the reshuffle, Lord McNally promised delegates at the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) conference that he would engage with them and listen to their concerns. He conceded that the Legal Aid, …

Lib Dem lawyers hear from minister

Date: 25th September 2012 Categories:

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) survivor made his appearance at a joint event held by the Law Society and the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association last night. Lord McNally seemed in good spirits as he joked that the reason he had retained …

All change at the Ministry of Justice

Date: 6th September 2012 Categories:

David Cameron has brought in a new ministerial team to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Former Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, Ken Clarke, has been moved to make way for Chris Grayling. Grayling was a last-minute choice …

LAG news blog redesigned

Date: 31st August 2012 Categories:

Welcome to the new LAG news blog! Regular visitors will notice we have made some changes. Readers can now easily find all blog posts related to a specific subject by clicking the category tabs at the top of the homepage. …

Reductions in legal aid cases

Date: 5th July 2012 Categories:

Figures released today by the Legal Services Commission show reductions in the number of cases funded by legal aid in the past year. A total of £35.3m less was spent in non-family civil cases and £28.6m less in criminal cases, …

Mediation works

Date: 28th June 2012 Categories:

A growing trend is for lawyers to train as mediators. Mediation is seen as a useful additional service to provide for clients. Usually, it is offered in tandem with a lawyers’ existing specialism such as family or commercial law. Most …

Award for Legal Action journal

Date: 19th June 2012 Categories:

Legal Action has won journal of the year from the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL).   At the association’s annual dinner last Friday (15 June), LAG’s Director, Steve Hynes, received the award on behalf of the journal’s …

Inspirational legal aid awards evening

Date: 13th June 2012 Categories:

Last night the legal aid world gathered to celebrate at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2012, better known as the LALYs. This is the tenth year of the LALYs and once again the awards proved to be …

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